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Vikings decline WR Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year contract option

New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (11) during the second half at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 21. Noah K. Murray / USA TODAY Sports

EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings on Wednesday, May 1, officially declined to pick up wide receiver Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year contract option.

The decision was expected. Treadwell has been a disappointment since being selected with the No. 23 pick in the 2016 draft. The Vikings had until Friday to decide whether to pick up the option for 2020 worth $10.162 million.

Treadwell, on the books to make $1.804 million in 2019, is now in line to become a free agent next March.

In three seasons, Treadwell has caught 56 passes for 517 yards and one touchdown. He still could compete in 2019 to be the Vikings’ No. 3 receiver behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

No decision soon on Cutting

The Vikings selected Air Force long snapper Austin Cutting in the seventh round of last week’s draft with the hope he will be able to play this season, but no resolution is expected soon.

Cutting has a two-year service requirement following his May 30 graduation from the Air Force Academy, but there remains a chance he still could play in NFL. Air Force associate athletic director for communications Troy Garnhart spoke with the public affairs office on Wednesday.

“At this point, about all we can say is that he will absolutely serve and may have an opportunity to play in the NFL,” Garnhart wrote in an email. “It’s very early in the process and discussions are ongoing. We will not have a resolution for some time.”

Cutting will participate in a Vikings rookie minicamp that runs Friday through Sunday.

Packers fandom on hold

Tiano Pupungatoa and many members of his family are Packers fans, but they’re putting that aside this weekend.

The River Falls, Wis., native and guard from South Dakota State will take part in the Vikings’ rookie minicamp as a tryout player.

“I’m 100 percent a Vikings fan,’’ he said of this weekend. “And (family members) are more than willing to throw away their green and put on some purple.’’

Pupungatoa said he’s “pumped” to take part in the minicamp. If he doesn’t end up signing with the Vikings, he said he will take part in the Arizona Cardinals’ rookie minicamp the following weekend.


Also trying out at Minnesota’s camp will be former Texas A&M punter Shane Tripucka, who spent time last summer with the Los Angeles Chargers. He is the nephew of former NBA star Kelly Tripucka and grandson of former Denver Broncos quarterback Frank Tripucka.